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Tariffs and Technology Transfer through an Intermediate Product

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  • Eiji Horiuchi

    (Hitotsubashi University)

  • Jota Ishikawa

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    (Hitotsubashi University)

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We examine the relationship between tariffs and technology transfer from the North to the South in an oligopolistic model. Technology is embodied in a key component which only the North firm can produce. Interestingly, a decrease in the tariff on the final good as well as an increase may induce technology transfer. If the South subsidizes the final-good production or imports of the intermediate good, technology transfer is also facilitated. However, the welfare effects are different between tariffs and subsidies. Our analysis suggests that the South should take pro-competitive policies to induce technology transfer and enhance welfare.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, The University of New South Wales in its series Discussion Papers with number 2007-15.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: May 2007
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Handle: RePEc:swe:wpaper:2007-15

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Keywords: technology transfer; intermediate products; tariffs; licensing; North-South trade;

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  1. ISHIKAWA Jota & OKUBO Toshihiro, 2010. "Environmental Standards under International Oligopoly," Discussion papers 10018, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).
  2. Tomomichi Mizuno & Kazuhiro Takauchi & Takeshi Iida, 2011. "Better technology may be sold for a lower fee: The ad valorem tariff and licensing contract," Discussion Papers 1109, Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University.
  3. Ya-Po Yang & Jin-Li Hu, 2012. "Gresham’s law in environmental protection," Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, Society for Environmental Economics and Policy Studies - SEEPS, vol. 14(2), pages 103-122, April.
  4. Aoki, Reiko & Kao, Tina, 2012. "Protection of basic research and R&D incentives in an international setting," CIS Discussion paper series 563, Center for Intergenerational Studies, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
  5. ISHIKAWA Jota & HORIUCHI Eiji, 2012. "Strategic Foreign Direct Investment in Vertically Related Markets," Discussion papers 12014, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).
  6. Takao Asano & Noriaki Matsushima, 2012. "Environmental regulation and technology transfers," ISER Discussion Paper 0862, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University.

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